We express our concern in connection with the decision of Ukraine to join the European Union’s sanctions on visa restrictions – which are, in fact, limiting the freedom of movement – with regard to some former leaders of Transnistria.
Mr Nikonov, friends,
First of all, I’d like to thank you for the invitation, which I was very pleased to accept. It’s in our interest to discuss in as much detail as possible the issues that directly affect the Russian people and the national development plans, as well as issues that concern the international situation and the future world order with representatives of various political forces, primarily, the leading party, United Russia.
It is with grave concern and indignation that we received reports from Kiev and a number of other Ukrainian cities, including video footage showing well-organised rallies and torchlight processions involving various neo-Nazi groups with SS and pro-Bandera insignia, hate speech quotes by Hitler, other Nazi criminals and their Ukrainian accomplices.
Russia consistently stands for cooperation with the United States based on the principles of equality, mutual consideration of interest and noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.
The relations with the U.S. remain the most important factor in ensuring international security and stability. The key elements of Russia-U.S. cooperation are outlined in the Moscow Joint Declaration on New Strategic Relationship of 2002, Russia-U.S. Strategic Framework Declaration of 2008, as well as in the Joint Statement by President Putin and President Obama during their meeting in Los Cabos in June, 2012.
Cultural relations are developing dynamically. In 2013, Washington, New York and other American cities hosted successful performances of the Mariinsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet from Saint-Petersburg, famous Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky, pianist Evgeny Kissin and many others.